DePaul University - M.M.
Oberlin Conservatory - B.M.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Max Reese is currently a graduate student at DePaul University studying clarinet under the tutelage of Stephen Williamson. He is currently an associate member at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and is a frequent substitute with the Milwaukee Symphony. He received his bachelor’s in music from Oberlin Conservatory studying with Richard Hawkins, and has additionally studied with Charles Salinger. At Oberlin, he was selected as a musician for the Oberlin Orchestra’s tour to Carnegie Hall in 2019 under the direction of Raphael Jimenez. He has played under the baton of Edo de Waart, Joann Falletta, Keith Lockhart, Tim Weiss, Marcelo Lehninger, Yaniv Dinur, Matthias Bamert, and Cliff Colnot. He has additionally been a fellow at the Brevard Music Center, where he performed with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Brevard Sinfonia, and the Janice Opera Company. As a chamber musician, his groups have won Oberlin’s annual Orientation Recital and Oberlin’s Danenberg Honors Recital. Reese’s wind quintet has also been heard on WCLV 104.9, Cleveland’s classical music radio. Reese is an active educator and has a studio of clarinet students ranging from the ages of 7 to 65. He is a founding teacher at Virtu.Academy, and is a teaching artist at the DePaul Community Music division, where he teaches clarinet in school districts throughout the Chicago area.